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Two 34-year-old first-time candidates face each other in the race to fill the state House seat now held by Andy Billig, who opted to run for state Senate. Five candidates were on a crowded ballot in August. Marcus Riccelli, a legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, quickly won the backing of the Democratic establishment and unions for a convincing first-place finish despite the appearance of two better-known Democrats on the ballot. Meanwhile, Republicans largely united behind Tim Benn over a less-conservative Republican, allowing Benn enough votes for a second-place finish over third-place finisher Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder.

Legislators are paid $42,106 annually, plus healthcare benefits. House terms are two years.

State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)

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CandidateVotesPct
Marcus Riccelli (D) 29,906 62.56%
Tim Benn (R) 17,895 37.44%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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